For B/B Mitzvah Families Forced to Cancel Their Simcha!

For B/B Mitzvah Families Forced to Cancel Their Simcha!

If your ceremony had been scheduled for March, April, May or June 2020, in the US or with us here in Italy or in Greece, you may be considering just how to proceed.  Many families both here in Europe as well as in the US and Canada were forced to cancel their Simcha....
Traveling to Italy? Is it a Good Idea Now?

Traveling to Italy? Is it a Good Idea Now?

So many of our Bar and Bat Mitzvah families, wedding couples and tour groups have asked me this question – given that Italy was a hot spot for the coronavirus, is it a good idea to plan a trip to “the boot?” First let me say that since early spring until as recently...
Shavuot

Shavuot

Shavuot in the New Millennium or “Who Wrote the Book of Love?”   As we celebrate Shavuot this year, take time to Read the Book of Ruth. It is the traditional reading for this festival. The Book of Ruth takes us back to the beauty and mystery of love. Love that...
Lag B Omer Interfaith Understanding

Lag B Omer Interfaith Understanding

Lag B Omer Interfaith Understanding The festival of Pesach is behind us. We’ve wiped the wine stains from the Haggadot booklets or, if we used special dishes, they are now put away. Finally the bread and cookies are back in the pantry and with a smile  of satisfaction...
Italian Jewish Singers

Italian Jewish Singers

Dalida`  an Italian Jewish Singers- As a “Bat Anousim” she was “I nostri”  – “one of us.” Although she was born Iolanda Cristina Gigliotti, when it came time to select a stage name, she chose “Dalida`,” from the Hebrew for “delight.” And, as Dalida` she became...
Jewish Ritual Rescue

Jewish Ritual Rescue

Jewish Ritual Rescue   What Happens to Judaica When Our Kids Don’t Want It? Last year in a local Goodwill store I found a very old Kiddush cup. It sat on a shelf crowded with an assortment of pewter and silver goblets and was so tarnished that I nearly missed the...

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